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Man is Facing Animal Cruelty Charges for Allegedly Abandoning his Fish

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A North Carolina man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly abandoning his fish after he was evicted from his home, according to WECT. The suspect, 53, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with three counts of misdemeanor cruelty to an animal and one count of abandonment of an animal, the news outlet reports.

He was evicted on Mar. 22 and deputies found the fish still inside the home days later. Authorities say he left behind an Oscar fish that was in poor health and swimming in dirty water. Ethan Lane with the Fish Room, where the animal is being treated, said the fish was malnourished and was suffering from hole in the head disease that’s caused by poor water quality and lack of food.

“When this fish came in he was in pretty bad shape, hole in the head is a parasite that starts in the intestines and works from the inside out slowly killing the fish,” told WECT. Hole in the head disease forms lesions on the fish’s skin, allowing bacteria to get inside. The disease can be deadly if it goes untreated.

“Hole in the head is somewhat common in Oscar fish, but to prevent it its imperative you do constant water quality checks and feed your fish properly,” explained Lane. Once the fish makes a full recovery it will be up for adoption. Suspect was released on a $4,000 bond.

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